Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Over the last decades several studies have identified that the directional changes in climate induced by anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are affecting the ecology of desert ecosystems. In the Southwest United States, the impacts of climate change to...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5623
146 downloads
869 views

Poikilotherms and homeotherms have different, well-defined metabolic responses to ambient temperature (Ta), but both groups have high power costs at high temperatures. Sloths (Bradypus) are critically limited by rates of energy acquisition and it has previously...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5600
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Camera loggers are increasingly used to examine behavioural aspects of free-ranging animals. However, often video loggers are deployed with a focus on specific behavioural traits utilizing small cameras with a limited field of view, poor light performance and video...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5459
78 downloads
213 views

Spiders are a functionally important taxon in forest ecosystems, but the determinants of arboreal spider beta diversity are poorly understood at the local scale. We examined spider assemblages in 324 European beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees of varying sizes across...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5596
55 downloads
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Male cuckoos Cuculus canorus produce calls that differ in number of syllables depending on environmental conditions and presence of male and female conspecifics. Why different males produce so repeatable calls that vary greatly in duration among males remains an...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5302
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Understanding how ecological communities are structured is a major goal in ecology. Ecological networks representing interaction patterns among species have become a powerful tool to capture the mechanisms underlying plant-animal assemblages. However, these networks...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5618
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The previously undescribed dynamics of the heat shock protein HSP70 and subsequent lipid peroxidation products have been assessed alongside lactate dehydrogenase activity for Gammarus lacustris Sars, an amphipod species from the saltwater Lake Shira (Republic of...

["Ecology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5571
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This paper reports the results of a ten-year monitoring program of an Atlantic Canadian population of green crabs, Carcinus maenas, in the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy. Intertidal densities, sex and reproductive ratios, juvenile recruitment, subtidal catch-per-unit-effort...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5566
116 downloads
758 views

Background Parasites can play various roles in the invasion of non-native species, but these are still understudied in marine ecosystems. This also applies to invasions from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, the so-called Lessepsian migration....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Parasitology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5558
84 downloads
800 views

Collision rates between aircraft and birds have been rising worldwide. The increases in both air traffic and population sizes of large-bodied birds in cities lacking urban planning result in human-wildlife conflicts, economic loss and even lethal casualties. Black...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5491
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501 views

The estates of stately homes or manor houses are an untapped resource for assessing the ecosystem services provided by trees. Many of these estates have large collections of trees with clear value in terms of carbon storage, runoff prevention, and pollution removal...

["Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5411
47 downloads
325 views

Much evidence suggests that birds actively regulate their body mass reserves relative to their energy needs. Energy requirements during reproduction may differ in relation to sex-specific behavioural roles or, in the case of cooperative breeders, breeders relative...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5607
70 downloads
272 views

The rate at which animals ingest food is a fundamental part of animal ecology although it is rarely quantified, with recently-developed animal-attached tags providing a potentially viable approach. However, to date, these methods lack clarity in differentiating...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5489
69 downloads
423 views

Antarctica is seriously affected by climate change, particularly at the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) where a rapid regional warming is observed. Potter Cove is a WAP fjord at Shetland Islands that constitutes a biodiversity hotspot where over the last years,...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5531
59 downloads
279 views

Molt summary tables reveal the sequence and mode of flight-feather replacement and how these feathers are divided into independent replacement series. Tables for summarizing molt are relatively new, and the rules for generating them were first formally illustrated...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5499

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